KENT, March 27, 2013 –The Kelowna Rockets shut out the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-0 Wednesday night in Game 4 of their first round playoff series.
The T-Birds have a 3-1 series lead heading in to Game 5 at Prospera Place on Saturday at 7:05pm.
Tyson Baillie opened the scoring for Kelowna (1-3) 10:09 into the first with a power-play goal from Myles Bell and Zach Franko.
Baillie added a second power-play goal at the 11:24 mark of the first to push Kelowna to a 2-0 lead. Franko and Ryan Olsen were credited with the assists.
A third power-play goal, this time from Bell, gave the Rockets a 3-0 lead at the 13:45 mark. Baillie and Olsen had the assists.
Kelownaoutshot Seattle 19-3 in the first period.
The second period went scoreless, with Kelowna outshooting the T-Birds 12-8.
Franko finished off the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 13:36 mark of the third period to bring the score to 4-0 Rockets.
Shots in the third period were 13-6 Seattle, with the total 37-25 in favor of Kelowna.
Jordan Cooke stopped all 27 shots faced and improved his post-season record to 1-3.
Brandon Glover made 33 saves on 37 shots faced, and now has a 3-1 post-season record.
If necessary Game 6 would be Tuesday, April 2, at ShoWare Center at 6:05pm. This game would be a 2-for-Tuesday game meaning all tickets would be two-for-one and all beer, soda, popcorn and hot dogs would be $2.
First period – 1, Kelowna, Baillie 2 (Bell, Franko), 10:09 (pp). 2, Kelowna, Baillie 3 (Olsen, Severson), 11:24 (pp). 3, Kelowna, Bell 2 (Baillie, Olsen), 13:45 (pp). Penalties – Heffley, Kel (hooking), 3:14. Olsen, Kel (cross-checking), 7:14. Honey, Sea (double-minor checking-from-behind), 7:35. Swenson, Sea (slashing), 9:31. Wardley, Sea (slashing), 13:15. Lees, Kel (hooking), 17:08. Hickman, Sea (slashing), 18:54.
Second period – No Scoring. Penalties – Elliot, Sea (interference), 3:04. Hickman, Sea (delay of game), 5:06. Bowey, Kel (interference), 8:29. Severson, Kel (hooking), 19:21.
Third period – 4, Kelowna, Franko 2, 13:36. Penalties – Linaker, Kel (tripping), 4:24. Lees, Kel, (slashing), 17:07. Bowey, Kel (interference), 18.20.
Shots on goal – Seattle 3-8-13 25, Kelowna 19-12-6 37. Goalies – Seattle, Glover 37 shots-33 saves (3-1); Kelowna, Cooke 25-25 (1-3). Power plays – Seattle 0-8; Kelowna 3-7. A – 2,559. Referees – Brett Montsion, Curtis Marouelli. Linesmen – Justin Hull, Nathan Van Oosten.